Each year the Office of Student Development selects thirty-three student resident assistants. Known on campus as RAs, these students work to build community on their individual dorm halls, in the dorms, and on the entire campus. An RA must be in at least his or her second semester of on-campus living (at the time of application), have a cumulative G.P.A of 2.5 or better, be a full time student, and have genuine interest in working with and helping people.
Residence hall life plays a major roll in the whole educational process of the student and with the help and supervision of RAs, residence halls can provide a strong sense of community. RAs also provide encouragement, support, and guidance. The RAs receive leadership and crisis training at the beginning of the school year and practice that training in mock situations that parallel the ones that they may encounter in their work. A large part of the RA job is also to provide programming and activities for the students on their hall, activities such as pizza parties, Bible studies, and all dorm activities. Under the supervision of the resident director, the staff works hard to make the dorm a fun, comfortable, and safe community.
Students who are serving as RAs this year are the following:
Lauren Appleby--Jonesboro, Ark.
Beth Bleadingheiser--New Bern, N.C.
Sara Jansonius--Stilwell, Kan.
Charlotte Myall Brampton--Ontario, Canada
Hanna Snow--Galloway, Ohio
Kelly Dupere--Ocala, Fla.
Ashley Bowser--Flint, Mich.
Sandy Hankins--Sumter, S.C.
Melissa Huff--Columbia, S.C.
Christie Walker--Hartsville, S.C.
Ashliegh Whittall--Oakwood, Ga.
Krista Higgins--Dover, Tenn.
Chasity Haynes--Culledra, Tenn.
Christy Montoya--Flagstaff, Ariz.
Brandi Wood--Gallatin, Tenn.
Wesley Anderson--Dothan, Ala.
Derek Bargatze--Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Malachi Courtney--Richfield, Pa.
Greg Dawson--Lakeland, Fla.
Kevin Knight--Wrightsville, Ga.
Greg Lyon--Bartlett, Tenn.
Ronald Mezime--Ocoee, Fla.
Daniel Mistak--Orwell, Ohio
Mark Thompson--Rossville, Ga,
Andy Waddell--Sumter, S.C.
Daren Wells--Brentwood, Tenn.
Christen Bowman--Columbia, S.C.
Starr Freeman--Monroe, N.C.
Rebekah Hansen--Rensselaer, Ind.
Frances Jones--Nashville, Tenn.
Wade Munday--Gallatin, Tenn.
David Winsinger--Lake Park, Fla.
Sarah Johnson, Reporter